Time. It’s all about your perspective. If I have the belief that the time I have is all mine and I can do exactly what I want with my time, then misusing it only affects me, right?
If I believe that my time is a gift, a gift from God, then misusing it affects not just me, but my attitude and relationship with God. And…it affects my interactions, my relationships with the people in my life.
It affects what I do for the God I love.
Time is irretrievable.
We can’t get it back.
Everyone is not surprised by that fact, but it’s funny how we don’t take it to heart. Most of us don’t have any knowledge of how much time remains in our lives. I’ve wondered if those who have been told they have only so much time to live are actually blessed. Hopefully, they would make choices to reach out to others they’ve always wanted to be with, to see amazing places they’ve always wanted to see, to do something that would leave a lasting legacy, to spend time with God.
Would believing that our time is so very precious change our busyness?
Psalm 90:12“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (NIV) “Teach us how short our lives really are
so that we may be wise.” (NCV)
This is a prayer from Moses. He wanted the wisdom to lead the people. He wanted God to teach him how to give him a more meaningful life. He wanted his life to count for God, but an essential part of this was an awareness of the value and purpose of his time on earth.
I have been given the power of choice. What I allow into my life and how I spend my time IS in my control. God has given us that autonomy. I do have a say in what I do. I don’t think God is upset with my busyness; I do believe He cares about what my busy is all about; He cares about how my busyness influences my health, my attitudes, my relationships. Does my busyness take time for what God values?
“Be doers of the Word…Doers of what Jesus did. This means first to listen for God…then doing something about what we’ve heard. It’s not about being busy (being doers without being listeners first)… Listen intently to what God has to say, and then do what he tells you…It’s not being obsessed with your own little realm; it is showing concern for the world that God loves, and loving the world the way that God loves the world. And if you listen intently that’s what He will tell you to do.
Busy, busy, busy, but the kingdom is never advanced. The agenda is accomplished, but the work is never done. Being doers of the Word just doesn’t mean being busy. It means after you’ve looked intently, and gotten God’s Word to shine on you like light, to reveal those places, those things that need to be revealed—that’s when you take action on what you have heard…Do we really know what we look like? ” (Sermon, Patrick Coakley, What Do You Look Like? James 1:19-27)
We are precious and significant in God’s eyes, no matter what we do. He cares about his relationship with each of us. He cares about how we use our time.
We can’t get it back.
We’ve all heard the phrase, “Be present.” I think this means that we make an intentional decision to give others and our Lord time to be with them. We are letting them know how valuable they are. The beauty of God’s plan is when we open ourselves up to being present, He brings us joy.
He creates the possibility for us to make a difference.
Looking at how Jesus lived here in our world is a perfect model for using our time. He knew His time was limited. He was exhausted with people’s needs and demands on Him. Yet, He took time to love on people, often spending long periods of time with just one person. He accepted interruptions. He saw them as opportunities. He knew the value of rest and getting away. He would find time to be alone with God the Father. That was His top priority.
I want to be like that. At least I’m working on it.